An Easy Fleur de Lis Flower Pot using Air Dry Clay

Have you ever wanted to add a unique Parisian flair to your home décor or garden, but weren’t quite sure how? Well, if you are looking for an easy and stylish way to upgrade your living space without breaking the bank, then why not create an elegant, timeless Fleur de Lis flower pot with air-dry clay?

It’s simple enough for even novice DIYers and decorators—plus it can be customized to fit your own home decor. Read on as I take you step-by-step through this charmingly creative project!

Fleur de lis air dry clay flower pot

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One of the things I love about this creative group is that each month’s theme material can be something completely new with which to work. This month’s material…

Air dry clay!

Confession time…I’ve never worked with air dry clay before! Bring on the challenge!

I discovered that this material is soo easy and fun to work with. I think this might be the beginning of a wonderful relationship!

Here is what you will need for this easy flower pot project using air dry clay.

Supply List

An Easy Flower Pot Idea Using Air Dry Clay

I bought my air dry clay…and then started looking around the house.

What could I use or re-use with this project?

I was looking in my supply cabinet and saw this.

An old terra cotta flower pot that was painted black many years ago.

This is a terra cotta pot that had been whimsically painted for a graduation party about 15 years old. Immediately, I got started painting the pot as a backdrop for my air dry clay embellishment.

I spray painted the pot white and then added a layer of blush pink spray paint over the top. It covered the dark black color and is now such a beautiful pink color.

The old black painted flower pot.
The flower pot is painted white and then blush pink with spray paint in preparation for the air dry clay.

I bought this copper fleur de lis cookie cutter years ago and have never used it. Such a crime!

No more crime scenes here…this cookie cutter is perfect for an air dry clay cut out!

A copper fleur de lis cookie cutter.

I guess it pays to save things as both the pot and the cookie cutter are perfect for my project!

Creating the Air Dry Clay Cutout

The first step in creating the pot embellishment is to roll out the air dry clay with a rolling pin. Because my terra cotta pot is a pretty hefty pot with a thick edge, I rolled out the clay to a thickness of 1/2″

The next step is the most fun…pressing the cookie cutter into the rolled out clay for a fleur de lis cutout.

Be sure to press and wiggle the cookie cutter to the bottom of the clay for a clean cutout.

Using the cookie cutter to cut our a fleur de lis from the air dry clay.

Depending on the intricacy of your cookie cutter, you might need to clean up some edges.

I found that a plastic knife gave me the quickest and easiest “tidy up” cut.

Cleaning up the edges of the cutout with a plastic knife.

While the cutout is still moist “wet” (the clay is not really wet…just not dry yet), lay the cutout onto the side of terra cotta pot.

Press it gently so the clay adheres to the curved shape of the pot. Smooth out any cracks or creases you don’t want by just dipping your finger in water and lightly brushing the top.

I actually want a few little cracks to give this a more aged look.

Rolling out the air dry clay with a rolling pin.
Laying the air dry clay cutout onto the curved side of the terra cotta flower pot.

Decorating the Flower Pot Cutout

Metal leaf is a fantastic way to give anything some color and shine.

And, did you know it comes in assorted amazing colors?

For my blush pink flower pot, I chose a metal leaf in a beautiful pinkish purple color.

It is a little messy but, when finished, so worth it!

  1. Apply metal leaf adhesive sizing to the flower pot cutout and let dry till sticky…about 5-7 minutes. I decided to also add metal leaf to the flower pot rim and other random spots.
  2. Apply each insanely thin piece of metal leaf to the tacky surface with your fingers or tweezers.
  3. Using a soft brush, remove the excess metal leaf with gentle brush sweeps. Once most of the excess is gone, buff the surface with your hand covered in a cotton glove.
Metal leaf adhesive sizing
Applying metal leaf to the flower pot embellishments.
Buffing the metal foil leaf with a cotton gloved hand.

Style Your Air Dry Clay Flower Pot

There are so many ways to style your new embellished flower pot!

  • Flowers
  • Plants
  • Faux cabbage
  • Succulents
  • Herbs
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Patio storage for sunscreen, sunglasses, and flip flops
  • Bath bomb storage
The flower pot embellished with the air dry clay fleur de lis and styled with faux cabbages.

I added some faux cabbages but didn’t have enough.

So, in this critical styling emergency, I grabbed some lettuce from the refrigerator!

I tucked it into a small votive with water and it lasted for a few days!

The completed flower makeover using air dry clay and metal foil leaf on a fleur de lis cookie cutter cutout.

And that’s how you can create a beautiful air dry clay embellishment for a flower pot!

I’m so glad I finally discovered the fun of working with air dry clay! It’s incredibly easy, cost-effective and lots of fun. Perfect for creating colorful home decor!

Don’t forget to add some glitzy metal foil leaf for an extra special touch. Now all that’s left is to find the perfect spot for your creation – perhaps placed on top of a bookshelf or in your garden as a bright addition!

If you are coming over from Jennifer at Cottage on Bunker Hill, welcome! Don’t you just love her adorable air-dry clay coasters? I love how she used the fern pattern to create such unique coasters!

Next on the Handcrafted Society tour…head over TaterTots and Jello and check out Jen’s clever mushroom plant stakes. You will love her air dry clay project!

Handcrafted Society air dry clay project.


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An easy air dry clay flower pot using air dry clay


    1. Thank you so much, Tammy! It’s amazing what you can do with air-dry clay, isn’t it? Thanks for joining us this month!

    1. Thank you, Wendy! I learned a lot from this project as it was my first time working with air-dry clay. It was fun!

  1. What a fun project! I love using what we already have floating about to make something new. It’s amazing you were an air dry clay rookie! Sure didn’t look like it. Well done Missy, well done! Always fun to hop with you.

    1. Thank you so much, Allyson! Sundays on Silverado is such a great link party! Thanks for stopping over!

  2. I can totally relate to the excitement of discovering a new material like air-dry clay. The author’s creativity in repurposing the old terra cotta pot and utilizing the long-forgotten copper fleur de lis cookie cutter is truly inspiring. The addition of the metal leaf for a touch of color and shine is simply genius. I can’t wait to try this project and add a Parisian flair to my own home decor. Kudos to the author for sharing such a fun and cost-effective DIY idea!

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